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First Blood Movie Review

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Following the success of the "Rocky" movies, Sylvestor Stallone made his mark as an action star in "First Blood." Despite common misconceptions, this first "Rambo" movie does not consist of mindless carnage, but actually takes a critical look at how America treated its Vietnam vets - of course, it still works better as a n action movie.

For "Rambo" fans, all three movies are now in a 3-disc box set, self-titled "The Ultimate Edition." All three films are packed with "Survival Mode," a DVD sugercoating that goes into detail on the characters, props, sets and so forth - and you can access all of this information while watching the movie. Of course, none of these features really add much to the movie and are generally pretty silly, but for those who like interactive DVDs, this is probably the best I've seen.

More importantly, the DVD for "First Blood" includes an alternate ending where Rambo commits suicide, and a "humorous" ending which is basically an outtake of the suicide version.

Regardless of the special features, "First Blood" is a fun and exciting movie. Having watched this movie from beginning to end, I realized I had never seen the entire film; it's pretty damn good. Stallone is at the top of his game here; it was still an age where America accepted the quite, brooding and ruthless hero. He is the perfect fit for the role.

The ending is also not your run-of-the-mill action ending, either. While a little anticlimactic, it is more believable and works within the theme of the movie.

"First Blood" made Rambo a household name, and for good reason. It is an effective and interesting action movie.

Review by Erik Samdahl unless otherwise indicated.

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